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This Week on Xbox: August 16, 2019

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! The ID@Xbox Open House Returns on August 29 We’re calibrating our TVs and charging our controllers as we get ready to host you at our home in Redmond, Washington for an afternoon of games (lots), fun (also lots) and much, much more for our sixth... Read more: This Week on Xbox: August 16, 2019

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Gears Fan Sweepstakes

Ahead of the September 6 launch of Gears 5 Ultimate Edition with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Xbox Game Pass and The Coalition have teamed up to give you the chance to win the Ultimate Gears Fan giveaway. We are sending one lucky winner to visit The Coalition in Vancouver, BC to meet with the development team behind Gears 5, including Studio Head Rod Fergusson, and join them for hands-on Gears 5 gameplay. The grand prize winner will also receive Gears-themed goodies, including a Collector’s Edition Jack Drone, Chips Ahoy cookies, Rockstar Energy Drinks and the Xbox One X Gears 5 Limited-Edition bundle (1TB). This unique console design features the Gears Omen immersed in ice and snow and... Read more: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Gears Fan Sweepstakes

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for August 19 to 23

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox One! Every week the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console. To find out what’s coming soon to Xbox One, read on below and click on each of the game profiles for pre-order details (dates are subject to... Read more: Next Week on Xbox: New Games for August 19 to 23

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Train Sim World 2020 Arrives Today on Xbox One

Winning is a slippery concept, something seen everywhere in today’s gaming culture. Gone are the days when everything was about getting the fastest time or the highest accuracy; to any one of us winning could mean something different - collecting all the achievements, perfecting a flawless run or something as personal building a castle in Minecraft that you think is beautiful. For Train Sim World, winning is about accuracy and control, not speed – which makes it far more challenging than a simple race. Train Sim World has always had a scoring system but for the Train Sim World 2020 update we wanted a system that reflects the demands on real rail drivers and engineers while also... Read more: Train Sim World 2020 Arrives Today on Xbox One

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Demon Pit is a Savage Arena Shooter and Homage to Classic FPS Games of the 90s

Demon Pit is a fast-paced FPS arena shooter, inspired by the genre classics of the 1990s. The gameplay design work and graphics were done by Paul Conway, and I (Sam Redfern) did all the programming. Although we’ve been friends for several years, due to the vibrant local developer community here in Galway, Ireland, and although we have both been developing games for 15+ years, we haven’t previously worked together. Demon Pit was initially prototyped during a Game Jam in late 2017. The first iteration was called Night of the Pumpkins, with evil pumpkins chasing the player in lieu of hellspawn, due to the game jam’s “Nature’s Revenge” theme. It was a janky demo with only two... Read more: Demon Pit is a Savage Arena Shooter and Homage to Classic FPS Games of the 90s

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Free Play Days: Black Desert and Puyo Puyo Champions

Puzzled on what to play this weekend? Don’t worry, we got you covered! Through this weekend, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can play Black Desert and Puyo Puyo Champions for free. Immerse yourself in an open-world, fast-paced MMORPG or challenge friends, family, and online players to fun and fast-paced puzzle action. The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, August 15 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and runs through to Sunday, August 18 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. You can find and install the games here. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One. The following games are also currently available for purchase at a discount so you can... Read more: Free Play Days: Black Desert and Puyo Puyo Champions

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Meet Microsoft Game Stack Developers at devcom 2019 for Panels, Ideas, and More

Next week is one of the biggest gaming shows of the year: gamescom! And for game developers, that also means devcom. This year, team Microsoft will be representing at both conferences: devcom from August 18 to 19 and gamescom from August 20 to 22. If you’re a game developer, we have a jam-packed lineup of talks, demos, and games to play in our booth. We’re bringing game development experts from Microsoft Game Stack for tools across Azure and PlayFab, Xbox, Project xCloud, Havok, Visual Studio, App Center and more to support you and get you answers to the pressing questions you have in your game development. If you have plans to attend, we’d love to meet you and hear about what... Read more: Meet Microsoft Game Stack Developers at devcom 2019 for Panels, Ideas, and More

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Xbox and 2K Build One-of-a-Kind Basketball Court at I Promise School in Akron

In partnership with our friends at 2K (publisher of NBA 2K19 and NBA 2K20) and the LeBron James Family Foundation, we unveiled yesterday a one-of-a-kind basketball court at the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio that will inspire a legacy for generations to come. The brand-new court was built from the ground up and features a custom mural design created by the LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF). It also includes LED double lights at half court, 72” and 60” basketball systems with poles and backboard pads for half courts, spectator benches and perimeter court fencing. To celebrate this new legacy, we also crafted a custom Xbox One X console featuring a replica of the new I Promise... Read more: Xbox and 2K Build One-of-a-Kind Basketball Court at I Promise School in Akron

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Go Beyond with the Biggest Free Update Yet to No Man’s Sky on Xbox One

Hello! Today, we’re pleased to reveal what we’ve been working on for the past 12 months. The latest update for No Man’s Sky, Beyond, is out now for all No Man’s Sky Xbox One owners to download for free. This is the biggest update yet, bringing together a whole host of new features. Some of them are things that you, the Xbox One No Man’s Sky community, have been eagerly requesting, and some of them will be a surprise to even the most dedicated explorers. With the Xbox One launch in 2018, and the Next update, No Man’s Sky took a dramatic leap forward in terms of realising the original vision for the game: a beautiful procedurally-generated open-world universe which... Read more: Go Beyond with the Biggest Free Update Yet to No Man’s Sky on Xbox One

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gamescom 2019 Kicks off with an All-New Inside Xbox

Live from the world’s largest gaming convention in Cologne, Germany, Inside Xbox returns on Monday, August 19, at 5 p.m. CEST / 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT. With the release of Gears 5 less than a month away, Inside Xbox will unveil the game’s Horde Mode! We’ll also premiere nearly a dozen never-before-seen trailers and have big news and reveals on Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Wasteland 3, Empire of Sin, Greedfall, The Surge 2, Vigor, Metro Exodus, Blair Witch, Xbox Game Pass, X019, new accessories, and much, much more. Watch live next Monday on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, or check out highlights and the full show on-demand after it... Read more: gamescom 2019 Kicks off with an All-New Inside Xbox

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5 Developer Tips for Playing PC Building Simulator Like a Pro

Here at The Irregular Corporation we’re super excited to be launching PC Building Simulator on Xbox One today. After two years of community supported development we’re pretty handy with the thermal paste, and today we’re going to pass along five of our top tips to help our new players get the most from the game. But first, a quick intro for the uninitiated. PC Building Simulator is a game about building and repairing PCs that features real world parts from over 40 manufacturers. There are two ways to play – Career Mode, where you run a PC repair business on behalf of your Uncle Tim who has mysteriously skipped town, and Free Build Mode where you can access all the game’s parts... Read more: 5 Developer Tips for Playing PC Building Simulator Like a Pro

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Overwatch Introduces New Ways to Group Up and Fight for the Future on Xbox One

Exciting updates are coming to the world of Overwatch, giving players new ways to jump into the epic team-based shooter. This month the thirty-first hero, Sigma, joins the lineup and a new Role Queue system goes in to effect, evolving the way players group up to claim victory. Introducing Sigma, a volatile tank with the power to control gravity What happens when a brilliant astrophysicist gains the power to control gravity in an orbital experiment gone wrong? You get Overwatch’s thirty-first hero, Sigma. Dr. Siebren de Kuiper's life changed forever after he attempted to harness the power of gravity, ultimately turning himself into a puppet that is manipulated by the international... Read more: Overwatch Introduces New Ways to Group Up and Fight for the Future on Xbox One

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The Buskers Behind Genesis Noir

Genesis Noir is an adventure game that takes place before, during, and after the Big Bang. A cosmic gunshot expands towards the heart of a god and you must explore the universe, seeking clues on how creation might be undone. The Big Bang has been getting ever larger and we’re excited to announce that it will expand all the way to Xbox One! We’re a tiny studio comprised of two dudes in New York, a handful of freelance pals, and some great musicians in London who’ve dreamed of exploring strange worlds and sharing them with others. I think seeing how far we’ve come, it’d be nice to take a moment and share some experiences that started us on the path to creating this noir... Read more: The Buskers Behind Genesis Noir

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Stellaris: Console Edition Gets First Major Expansion, Utopia, Today!

Earlier this year, we published Stellaris: Console Edition on Xbox One, making it the first grand strategy game meant to be played on controllers! The celebrated sci-fi game has a dedicated following on PC and we wanted to share the same opportunity to explore a galaxy full of wonders to Xbox One players. We are so happy with the positive response from the community. As Paradox fans will know, we’re known for our continuous support for our games with DLC. We released Planetoids, Leviathans and multiplayer capabilities (with the ability to continue in single player-mode) to name a few. Now, with the launch of Utopia, Stellaris: Console Edition players can get in on the biggest expansion... Read more: Stellaris: Console Edition Gets First Major Expansion, Utopia, Today!

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The ID@Xbox Open House Returns on August 29

We’re calibrating our TVs and charging our controllers as we get ready to host you at our home in Redmond, Washington for an afternoon of games (lots), fun (also lots) and much, much more for our sixth annual ID@Xbox Open House on August 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. PT. Over 50 hand-picked gaming gems from a global roster of independent developers will be joining us, including 13 new announcements, and every-single-one will be playable. We’re bringing you a whole host of diverse, game-centric content and activities - not to mention some of the extended Xbox family will join the festivities too! Here’s what to expect: Talk to the independent developers bringing their games to... Read more: The ID@Xbox Open House Returns on August 29

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World of Warships: Legends Enters a New Chapter Featuring the Battleship Tirpitz

World of Warships: Legends continues to make waves with a new update that marks its full release and graduation from Xbox Game Preview on Xbox One. With a massive storm of new content in the form of German cruisers and destroyers, while the battleships of Germany are now available through to those who play through the “Hunt for Tirpitz” campaign. World of Warships: Legends places the Tirpitz at tier VII, the highest available tier in the game. She is also the only torpedo-equipped battleship at this tier, like the Gneisenau -- her tier VI German peer that becomes available in this update. During the Tirpitz campaign, players can gain various articles of naval equipment to... Read more: World of Warships: Legends Enters a New Chapter Featuring the Battleship Tirpitz

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This Week on Xbox: August 9, 2019

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! The Story Behind Duo’s Family Friendly Party Game: Must Dash Amigos “We should make a game together” - that’s what myself and Ant would say to each other on an almost weekly basis when we met in 2011, but we never did. In 2015 we finally bit... Read more: This Week on Xbox: August 9, 2019

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Metal Wolf Chaos XD Available Now on Xbox One

Since its original release in 2004, Metal Wolf Chaos has been a bit of a legend or peculiarity in FromSoftware’s stories history. While it was genuinely an attempt to appeal to gamers outside of Japan with a more arcade-style experience mech game, in a cruel twist of fate the game was never released outside of FromSoftware’s home nation of Japan. And so, a legend was born and grew from there. When it came time to bring the game to a whole new generation of FromSoftware fans and gamers in general that never had a chance to play the original, it was important to do it right. The game itself is a joy to play with arcade style combat and larger than life setpieces so we wanted to... Read more: Metal Wolf Chaos XD Available Now on Xbox One